Nov
19
Sun
Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn @ parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. Note: the address for the Reserve is 5050 English Colony Road in Penryn.
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn

Sunday, November 19, 2017
8:00-10:00AM
Leader: Heath Wakelee 916-870-5253 hwakelee@gmail.com Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. Note: the address for the Reserve is 5050 English Colony Road in Penryn.

This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch affords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley floor, usually twenty or more different species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us find some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see. Here’s the Placer Co. web site for Traylor Ranch http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/ parks/traylor-ranch-nature-reserve

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley @ parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley

Sunday, November  19, 2017
8:00-10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart (530-265-4677) dcstew@outlook.com This walk is designed for beginners, but more skilled birders are helpful and welcome. We’ll talk about binoculars, how and where to find birds, what to look for when you find one. We meet at 8:00AM in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We walk for a little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds.

Nov
25
Sat
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge and Sutter Buttes @ Meet at the Flour Garden next to Safeway in downtown Grass Valley (not at Brunswick!)
Nov 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge and Sutter Buttes

Saturday, November 25, 2017
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Leader: Ted Beedy tbeedy@comcast.net 530-274-7232
We always schedule this trip in late November/early December to maximize our chances of seeing large concentrations of waterfowl and other water birds wintering in the Central Valley. Colusa NWR is among the best places to view this great, annual spectacle. We should see more than 100,000 geese and ducks, and on past trips we have identified more than 80 species of birds. We will also drive around the Sutter Buttes to look for raptors, songbirds, and Sandhill Cranes, and we’ll go from there to District 10 north of Marysville to see thousands of Tundra Swans, White-faced Ibis, and myriad other waterfowl as the sun sets over the Buttes. Bring a lunch & something to drink, and wear warm clothes and bring a raincoat if the weather is wet and cold—the trip is on, rain or shine. Meet at the Flour Garden next to Safeway in downtown Grass Valley (not at Brunswick!) at 8:30 am, and we’ll carpool from there. We’ll get back to Grass Valley at about 5 pm, estimated driving time is 1.5 hours each way. Please pre-register at least a week before.

Dec
7
Thu
SFAS General Meeting @ Madelyn Helling Library, Community Room
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

SFAS General Meeting

 

Join Sarah Hockensmith of the Tahoe Ins tute for Natural Science (TINS) as she introduces us to the diverse landscapes of the Tahoe region from lake level to the tops of the mountains. The presenta on will cover how di erent ower, tree, bird, and mammal species adapt as they go up in eleva on and what unique creatures you can nd around speci c eleva ons in the area.

Sarah Hockensmith leads a very ac ve lifestyle, but will always nd me to slow down to watch the birds and listen to them sing. A er working for the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and various governmental agencies in the natural sciences, Sarah decided to se le down her migra on and is a full me naturalist for the Tahoe Ins tute for Natural Science. With a smile on her face and her binoculars in hand, she leads folks on wild ower and bird ou ngs as well as assists in mist net research of local songbirds in the Tahoe region.

The Tahoe Ins tute for Natural Science (TINS) is a member-supported nonpro t organiza on

seeking to
the natural conserva on,
ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, educa on, and outreach. Through applied eld research, (mist ne ng and bird surveys) TINS works collabora vely to help public and private land managers answer the ques ons that inform management decisions.

Dec
9
Sat
Bird Walk at South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport @ Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just over the highway bridge) on Pleasant Valley Rd
Dec 9 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk at South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport
Saturday, December 9, 2017
8:00—10:00 AM
Leaders: Bob Slyker & Carol and Bruce Malnor (530-205-9011) bgsly@aol.com

(530-263-9392) cmalnor@comcast.net
Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just over the highway bridge) on Pleasant Valley Rd. Easy walking on a wooded trail and along the river. We will see species common to an oak woodland/riparian ecosystem, such as Oak Titmouse, Black Phoebe, Cedar Waxwing, Hermit Thrush, White-crowned Sparrow, Acorn Woodpeckers, and possibly an American Dipper.

Dec
14
Thu
Marysville Rice Fields Birding @ Meet to carpool at the Pleasant Valley Rd. and Rte. 20 Park and Ride
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Marysville Rice Fields Birding

Thursday, December 14, 2017
9:00-11:00 AM
Leaders: Jim Groeser 530-432-6596 redtailh@gmail.com & Allen Bertke bertke@pacbell.net
Meet to carpool at the Pleasant Valley Rd. and Rte. 20 Park and Ride at leisurely 9 am—till 11 am, or longer. This is the prime time for the large winter migrants to be viewed and heard in the District 10 rice fields, near Marysville. We will go rain or shine…..all conditions seem to be interesting. Each car will have a CB radio. Bring a snack and plenty to drink. No hiking, just viewing from the road. Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, White-fronted Geese, Ibis, Red-tailed Hawks and more.

Dec
17
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley @ Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot
Dec 17 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley

Sunday, December 17, 2017
8:00 -10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677 dcstew@outlook.com Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot at 8:00AM.

This walk is designed for beginners, but more skilled birders are helpful and welcome. We’ll talk about binoculars, how and where to find birds, what to look for when you find one. We meet at 8:00AM in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We walk for a little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us

Dec
30
Sat
Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) @ Nevada County
Dec 30 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBC)

Friday, December 15, 2017 to Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

There are five CBC’s occurring within the Sierra Foothills Audubon sphere of influence. Contact the following people for dates (if not listed) and information.
Auburn CBC: Saturday, December 16,2017- Deren Ross derenross@sbcglobal.net

Grass Valley CBC: Saturday, December 30, 2017- Rudy Darling rdarling@sbbmail.com

Lincoln CBC: Thursday, December 28, 2017- Ed Pandolfino ERPfromCA@aol.com

Marysville CBC: Tim Manolis- ylightfoot@aol.com
Peace Valley CBC: Pete Sands- sandsmp@comcast.net or

Bruce Deuel bdeuel@wildblue.net

Jan
6
Sat
Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn @ parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn.
Jan 6 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn

Saturday, January 6, 2018
8:00-10:00AM
Leader: Bill Covington 916-645-0727
Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. Note: the address for the Reserve is 5050 English Colony Road in Penryn. See November 4, 2017 listing for trip description.

This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch affords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley floor, usually twenty or more different species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us find some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see. Here’s the Placer Co. web site for Traylor Ranch

Jan
11
Thu
Sierra Valley @ carpool from the Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center) at 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City
Jan 11 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sierra Valley
Thursday, January 11, 2018
7:00 AM to ?
Leader: Dale Rubach 530-272-3698 rugby7676-birds@yahoo.com
Sierra Valley is a unique and exciting area. It is located on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains encircled by the towns of Sierraville, Loyalton and Portola. In winter it is the home to many raptors including: Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and both species of Eagles. It is also home for many passerine species like; White-headed Woodpecker, Townsend’s Solitaire, Pygmy Nuthatch and Mountain Chickadee. We will carpool from the Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center) at 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City. A four wheel drive vehicle is recommended for this trip. We will bird mainly from cars with one or two short walks on level ground. Inclement weather will cancel. Call or e-mail to reserve a spot. If weather looks questionable please call the evening before for an update. Bring drink, food and warm clothes. This is an all day trip.